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The Black Mass, sometimes referred to as the "Satanic Mass", is a controversial and reviled ritual in Christian mythology that supposed to bestow the "blessings" of Hell and it is widely recognized and known to be practiced and and even "praised" by individual Satanists and Luciferian devil-worshipping cults. This ceremony mostly involves participants and celebrators wear black vestments including long dark robes. It is characterized by the inversion of the Trinident Mass by the Catholic Church. The ritual is regarded as the abominable copycat opposite of Mass (liturgy)The Mass used to worship The Devil while the Mass ceremony regarded by Western Christians including Catholics as its most important sacrament designed to exalt God.
Although the Black Mass itself is erroneously associated with witches and witchcraft, it does play a distinct part in witchcraft history. During the middle ages (often referred to as the "dark ages") and in the midst of the witch-hunt mania, many people were accused of participating in these ceremonies as witches and heretics. It is quote doubtful if any, but only a few witches, ever participated in the"celebrations". As it will be shown, the Black Mass was more of a ceremony that attracted the more wealthy and educated dissenters of the Church. Also, it has no association with modern witchcraft because most neo-pagan witches do not believe in The Devil or worshiping him.
Within the 19th century, the the notion of the Black Mass became popularized in French literature, in books such as "Satanism and Witchcraft, by authors Jules Michelet, and Là-bas, by Joris-Karl Huysmans. Charges of Satanism and participation/celebration of the blasphemous black mass have been made against persons accused of heresy and witchcraft since early Christian times. Allegations were made against the religious military order known as Knights Templars in the 14th century and against the secret society called the Freemasons during that period. Modern revivals of began with H. T. F. Rhodes' book entitled "The Satanic Mass" later published in London in 1954, and there is now a range of modern versions of the Black Mass performed by various groups.
The term "Black Mass" is more commonly used, however, for a blasphemous and usually obscene burlesque of the true mass performed by satanic cults (usually seen in dark vestments). The naked back of a woman often serves as an altar, and a validly consecrated host is generally used to intensify the mockery. The rite commonly incorporates other elements of satanic black magic such as philtres/philters (obscure magic potions in medieval lore) or abortifacients.